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Dead Animal Collection

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DPW collects dead animals from public spaces only – the sidewalk, street or alley. We do not go on private property to remove a dead animal. If you see a dead animal in public space, please contact 311 to open a service request to have it removed. You may do this online at or by calling 311. If the phone you’re calling from is outside of the 202 area code, call (202) 737-4404. Please select the menu option 5, for "city services," to reach an operator.


Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 737-4404
Contact Fax: 
(202) 671-0642
Contact TTY: 
(202) 673-6833
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:15 am - 4:45 pm